A client of the English bookmaker Ladbrokes won the bet of a lifetime last weekend. With a £2 stake, the player won £505,984.88 ($664,173) by correctly predicting eighteen football matches.
On Twitter, Alex Apati, PR manager at Ladbrokes, one of the top UK betting sites, posted that he saw the best sports bet ever last weekend.
A Ladbrokes customer played a combination of a total of eighteen matches for aggregate odds of 252,992.44. With a stake of £2 ($2,63), the player won £505,984.88 (over $650,000) by predicting everything correctly.
As can be expected with such a bet, it was anything but easy. The player had probably already given up hope four times.
In four of the eighteen games, the teams waited until the last seconds of the game to score the decisive goal.
Nothing Clear Until Last Minutes
One of the eighteen games was the match between low-flyer Colchester and Tranmere Rovers in the English League Two.
Colchester battles relegation as Tranmere competes for promotion to League One.
The Ladbrokes’ punter was playing to a Colchester win and for a long time, it looked like this match would spell the end of the bet.
Colchester hadn’t scored a goal in the 89th minute when Junior Tchamadeu was brought in. The 18-year-old defender came on the field and saw 4 minutes of stoppage time on the fourth official’s board.
It happened in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Tchamadeu scored his first-ever goal for Colchester and gave them the win.
At the same time, also in League Two, Oldsham Athletic and Mansfield Town played against each other.
Mansfield Town dominated the entire game but failed to score the second goal. The 1-1 score remained on the scoreboard for a long time, but both Mansfield and the Ladbrokes player needed an extra goal.
That goal came and here too it came in the 95th minute. In a last-ditch effort to keep up with the fight for promotion, George Lapslie taps the ball 30 seconds before the end.
The winning player didn’t just opt for matches in the lower divisions of English football. Although this player would undoubtedly not have expected that Spain, with odds of 1.18, would be a problem against Albania.
Yet this turned out to be the case because Spain got the 1-1 in the 85th minute. It looked like Spain would kill the bet, but here too the final minutes of the game brought luck.
In the 90th minute, Dani Olmo scored the winner, leaving Spain with a 2-1 victory.
The last game of the note completes this story. The friendly match between Mauritania and Mozambique started on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and thus concluded the betting slip.
Much to the delight of the Ladbrokes customer, Mauritania took a 1-0 lead early in the game and for a long time, it looked as if this would also be the final score.
Until a moment in the 90th minute of the game. Every sports bettor’s fear became reality for the player, as Mozambique gave up 1-1 in the 91st minute.
How the gambler felt at that moment can be imagined by many. This feeling was short-lived, however, as Mauritania was awarded a free kick in the 93rd minute of the game.
In the 93rd minute, Mauritania managed a win, and that meant that the bookmaker was allowed to pay out more than $650,000.